GENTLEMEN OF THE PBESS 91 attend. India is a gigantic series of negatives, and this melancholy fact is faithfully reflected in her press. The greatest negative of all is that, with the exception of the solid mass of the Muslims, there is no public opinion ; there is only a heterogeneous mass of public opinions* which is a very different thing. In a country which is a nation you can fifeel the public pulse'—at least, in times of crisis ; it beats rhythmically; it can be measured and assessed. In. India, the 'public pulse' is incalculable, it is a series of conflicting flutters. Here is an extract from a Government of India White Book which will illustrate the baffling diversity of Indian political opinion, when compared with the simple Tory, Liberal and Labour groups of Britain.1 NEWSPAPERS CIRCULA- GENERAL HEMAKKS Bombay Chronicle Bharat TION 18,000 5,000 Bombay Sevtincl 9,000 Exponent of official Congress Policy- Very conservative. Pro Hindu Maha- sabha (Right wing of Hindu Party). Strongly Convmini&t, anti-British and uniformly critical of official Congress policy. Independent India 3,000 Highly critical of present Congress policy. Pleads for India's partici- pation in war. Communist leanings. Advocates the cause of Untouchables A strong advocate of the cause of Indian Stated subjects. Deals with matters pertaining to the Parsees. Moderate. Highly communal. Pro-Muslim League. Follows the Kesari School. Moderate. Champion of Muslim communal rights. A strong critic of Congress. Advocates extremest political view, do we find the 'Voice of India5 in this little regarded as an unfair question, remember that Janata Janmabkuwi Kom Sevak Muslim Gujarati Prabhat Kozana-e-Khilafat Where, precisely, v batch ? If that is 3,000 16.000 3,000 3,000 6,500 4.000 1 Guide to Prominent Newspapers and Periodicals in English and Indian Lan- guages published in British India and the Indian States.'